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Feb 14, 2011 21:51 |  #1

Anybody ever make a camera bag themselves out of a soft cooler or something? I've always liked putting my own touch on things and would love to see what other people have done. It'd be nice to whip something up real quick from stuff lying around the house if need be!


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Feb 14, 2011 22:08 |  #2

When I was a kid my dad used to carry his camera in an old soft lunch box. It said something like, "All I need is a boat, a fishing rod, and a six pack of beer." His theory was "hell, nobody is going to break into my truck and steal my lunch..."


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Apr 20, 2011 17:28 |  #3
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i was just thinking of this while looking for camera backpacks with a laptop slot.

i have a really good normal backpack that can fit a laptop and even has rain cover.

what im thinking is going to a office supply store such as office depot or staples and buying foam padding and then going to a fabric store to get watever material and color i want. cut the padding to fit the exact size you want, then sew it at home but like 4 times.

a lot of times, the bags you buy that are $100+ tear since its only double stitch.


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Apr 20, 2011 19:54 |  #4

MSIGuy wrote in post #11845074 (external link)
When I was a kid my dad used to carry his camera in an old soft lunch box. It said something like, "All I need is a boat, a fishing rod, and a six pack of beer." His theory was "hell, nobody is going to break into my truck and steal my lunch..."

Sometimes I'll put my wallet and sunglasses in an old fast food bag while I'm out surfing. Haven't thrown them away yet!


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Apr 20, 2011 20:27 |  #5

stayhumble wrote in post #12262077 (external link)
what im thinking is going to a office supply store such as office depot or staples and buying foam padding and then going to a fabric store to get watever material and color i want. cut the padding to fit the exact size you want, then sew it at home but like 4 times.

That is what I did I bought a piece of foam and use that as an insert for my backpack. If you are going to cut foam cut it with an electric double blade knife.

It was my first attempt and I think kind of ugly but works great.


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Apr 21, 2011 09:20 |  #6

IQ Zero wrote in post #12262949 (external link)
That is what I did I bought a piece of foam and use that as an insert for my backpack. If you are going to cut foam cut it with an electric double blade knife.

Is there a reason why you have to cut it with an electric double blade knife?




  
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i would just use an exact blade. btw, im not gonna use the type of styroam used in cup where it falls apart as you touch it.

its the more transparent type that sticks together. its the ones used typically in most backpack paddings.


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Apr 21, 2011 10:31 |  #8

rchr wrote in post #12265618 (external link)
Is there a reason why you have to cut it with an electric double blade knife?

yes the double blade keeps it from ripping the foam. It will look hacked if you use a knife or razor.


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Apr 21, 2011 13:05 |  #9

You guys are apparently talking different types of foam - stayhumble will be using sheets of packing foam; IQ Zero's using a large block of open cell foam that fills (or is cut down to fit) the case, with cut-outs to hold the individual pieces.


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Jon wrote in post #12266934 (external link)
You guys are apparently talking different types of foam - stayhumble will be using sheets of packing foam; IQ Zero's using a large block of open cell foam that fills (or is cut down to fit) the case, with cut-outs to hold the individual pieces.

yea, i had mentioned the type, just didnt know the name.

The foam i will be using is the typical typed used in backpacks and what is most likely in your current camera bag.

the other type of foam will crumble after long use.


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Apr 22, 2011 00:42 |  #11

I have cut pieces of foam from the sleeping pads that they sell for camping. The type I have used is blue and is 3/8" thick and comes in two sizes (around 2' x 5'). I think they call it closed-cell foam, it doesn't absorb water and it doesn't crumble away with time. I have used it inside soft cases to protect the camera gear from outside damage and as dividers.
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Apr 22, 2011 07:30 |  #12

I found a local upholstery shop. They have all kinds of very rugged foam in different thicknesses. I got some 1" and 2" thick pieces of scrap for only a few dollars. The 1" stuff I can cut with good scissors. The 2" stuff cuts much, much better with the electric knife mentioned above. It's great stuff to add extra padding or fill up dead space in bags without adding much weight. If you have a gripped body, cut a small piece to fit under the lens so the camera will sit level.


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Apr 22, 2011 11:22 |  #13

Check my reviews...done it a few times


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My bag with inserts from a national geographic bag and I get 2 5Ds 24L, 35L, 85L & 200 2L extra batteries, tools, battery charger, extra cards etc.



  
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